Child Care Leader Salary

Most Child Care Leaders in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $10.29 per hour. Pay generally varies between $8.03 per hour and $15.83. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Child Care Leaders — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. More than a third report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and just under one in five collect vision insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$19,574 - $45,958
(Median)
$20K
$35K
$46K
MEDIAN: $34,710
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$8.03 - $15.83
(Median)
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$16
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$19,574 - $45,958  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $497.77  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$17,070 - $40,501  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 16
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$8.03 - $15.83  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $497.77  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$17,070 - $40,501  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 71
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Job Description for Child Care Leader

A child care leader works at a child care center and coordinates the daily operations of the center. The child care center may be an after-school program for younger children or a day care center for infants and toddlers. The child care leader will make sure that administrative duties are carried out and that the children are well taken care of.

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Child Care Leader Tasks

  • Prepare for daily activities before children’s arrival, clean and organize the room at the end of the day.
  • Engage in regular communications with parents regarding their children and school curriculum.
  • Teach and monitor groups of children, ensure their safety, enforce rules, and resolve conflicts.
  • Make sure health and safety regulations are met, including participating in emergency drills and filling out injury reports.

Common Career Paths for Child Care Leader


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Advancing into a Director of Child Care role seems to be a popular career move for Child Care Leaders, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $32K per year. With an annual salary of $24K, Preschool Teacher is the most common role for Child Care Leaders to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Daycare Teacher role — which usually pays $21K — is also typical for Child Care Leaders, though less common by comparison.

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Pay by Experience Level for Child Care Leader

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average inexperienced worker earns $21K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $23K. Child Care Leaders with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $29K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $28K by contrast.

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Experience Affects Child Care Leader Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 29%

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$23,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 36%
dental benefits
Dental: 34%
medical benefits
Vision: 18%
dental benefits
None: 63%
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